Astronomy 2: Overview of the Universe

Fall 2013



Lectures:

You will be able to download my lecture notes and outlines from here.  Do not expect to use these as a substitute for coming to class.   They are my own lecture notes and do not contain most of the details you will get by coming to class.  They may be useful to you as an outline of what was/will be covered in lecture.  


Week 1 (Oct 2), Introduction (Our Place in the Cosmos) - Chapter 1 (1.1-1.4): wk1 ppt slides
Week 2 (Oct 7, 9), Motion of the Earth, Celestial Sphere - Chapter 2 (2.2, 2.3, and part of 2.4), Chapter S1 (S1.1, S1.2): wk2 ppt slides
Week 3 (Oct 14, 16), Moon Phases, Eclipses; Kepler's Laws, Planetary Motion; Light; Atoms - Chapter 2 (2.3-2.4), Chapter 3 (3.3), parts of Chapters 4 and 5: wk3 ppt slides
Week 4 (Oct 21, 23), Special and General Relativity; Quasars and AGNs; Black Holes, Hawking Radiation - Chapter S2, Chapter S3, Chapter 18.3, Chapter 21.3: wk4 ppt slides
Week 5 (Oct 28, 30; Midterm #1 exam on Oct 30), Review of weeks 1-4: wk5 ppt slides
Week 6 (Nov 4, 6), Cosmology: Expansion, History and Fate of the Universe; Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation - Chapters 20.3, 22.4, 23: wk6 ppt slides
Week 7 (Nov 13; No class on Nov 11 - Veterans Day holiday), Early Universe; Milky Way galaxy; Galaxy Morphological Types - Chapter 19.1, Chapter 20.1: wk7 ppt slides
Week 8 (Nov 18, 20; Midterm #2 exam on Nov 20), SEE WEEK 7 NOTES ABOVE!
Week 9 (Nov 25; No class on Nov 27 - Thanksgiving holiday), Review of weeks 1-8 (no new lecture notes and no i>clickers quizzes this week)
Week 10 (Dec 2, 4), Large-Scale Distribution of Galaxies; Birth, Evolution, and Death of Stars - Chapter 22.3, Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18: wk10 ppt slides (part 1) and wk10 ppt slides (part 2)
Week 11 (Dec 9, 11), Interstellar Medium; Dark Matter - Chapter 19.2, Chapters 22: wk11 ppt slides


I>clicker Quizzes:
 
Click here for the set of i>clicker quizzes that we have done in class so far, with the correct answer underlined in each case.